Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
The Division of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery provides medical and surgical treatment for children with disorders of the ears, nose and throat (ENT), as well as head and neck tumors. Our physicians treat more children for ENT conditions than any other hospital in Illinois. In fact, our specialists perform approximately 40% of the nearly 20,000 surgeries that take place at Lurie Children’s each year.
Our patient care helps save and transform children’s lives. One physician from our division has implanted more than 1,000 cochlear implants in children to restore hearing. Another helped develop a new technique for reconstructing the windpipe (trachea) in newborns, which improves surgical results.
Our programs include:
The division also offers the following new treatments and services:
- Microtia repair to surgically correct an underdeveloped or absent outer ear
- Sleep surgery to treat sleep-disordered breathing
- A multidisciplinary voice program to completely evaluate children’s hoarseness and other voice problems
Our entire staff is dedicated to treating infants, children and teens. The team includes:
To provide coordinated care for our patients, our team members work closely with other pediatric specialists at Lurie Children’s, especially in the following areas:
The head of the division, Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS, is a board-certified otolaryngologist who completed advanced training in pediatric otolaryngology. She has nearly 15 years of experience as a children’s ENT physician. U.S.News & World Report named her as one of the top pediatric ENT doctors in the country in 2012, citing her expertise in treating children’s swallowing disorders and in reconstructing the trachea, such as in children with life-threatening narrowing of the windpipe.
A multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers will care for your child and help create a care plan. This team approach makes it easier for you to see every specialist your child needs under one roof and often in the same visit.
Lurie Children’s is a kid-friendly environment that’s committed to family-centered care. We believe in family-centered care, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bring family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care within your lifestyle.
Our many family services include ParentWISE® (Parent Wisdom In Shared Experience®) to match parents of children who already had a treatment, such as cochlear implants, with those who are considering that therapy.
If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.
To prepare for your appointment, please print and fill out the patient medical history questionnaire and bring it with you to your appointment. The questionnaire is also available in Spanish.
Our physicians see patients at the main hospital and the Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park. Selected ENT services are also available at Lurie Children's other outpatient centers.
Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.